I’m a Celebrity’s Seann Walsh says he almost turned down the show

I’m a Celebrity… Get Me Out of Here! saw Seann Walsh strike up an unlikely friendship with Matt Hancock, with both of them finding common ground in being caught out kissing someone outside of their relationships.

Reflecting on the backlash he faced during his time on Strictly Come Dancing after his kiss with Katya Jones made the news, Walsh told Hello! magazine that the experience made him not want to do the ITV show until his current partner Grace Adderley convinced him.

“Grace said to me, ‘This is a once-in-a-lifetime chance. The adventure itself will make it worthwhile’ – and she was absolutely right,” he said.

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“I was so petrified of getting backlash. I’d had such a bad experience with all the things that were said about me last time [on Strictly], the idea of that happening again was terrifying.”

Seann and Grace are expecting their first child together in February, with the comedian stating: “We’ve decided not to find out if we’re having a girl or a boy until the big day, and I don’t have a preference, but for some reason I can only picture a boy.

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“My favourite thing in the world is coming home to Grace and [our dog] Mildred-Barrett, so to have that extra member of our little family to come home to as well, that’s going to be very special.”

Seann came fifth in the latest series of I’m a Celebrity, which was won by Lioness Jill Scott.

I’m a Celebrity will return next year on ITV1 and ITVX.

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